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Israel extends travel ban on Palestine resistance icon

July 7, 2017 at 2:10 am

Image of Sheikh Raed Salah

Israeli Interior Minister Arie Deri has extended a travel ban issued against Sheikh Raed Salah, deputy leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel (northern branch), Israeli media reported Thursday.

According to Israeli Channel 7, Deri renewed the travel ban on Salah – which effectively bars him from leaving the country – for an additional year.

“The minister based his decision on concerns that Salah’s departure from the country could be detrimental to state security,” the broadcaster reported.

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Since 2015, Israel has prohibited Salah, who is seen as an icon of the Palestinian resistance, from traveling outside the country for reasons ostensibly related to “national security”.

The Islamic Movement is outlawed by the Israeli authorities, who in recent years have repeatedly arrested Salah and shut down dozens of organizations – including a number of charities – over their alleged links to his group.